Blackbird restaurant celebrates first anniversary with ribbon cutting, June 6

PRESS RELEASE: On June 6 at 11 a.m., Blackbird restaurant owners Jesson and Cristina Gil will celebrate one year of ownership with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce. “It’s hard to believe it’s been a full year since we officially took ownership of the restaurant,” says Jesson Gil. “We’re so proud […]

MAKING THE GRADE: Kathryn Medford, left, works with Tristan Cox at a recent Homework Diner at Enka Middle School. Tristan began attending the weekly dinners with his grandmother, Portia Simpson, in order to improve his grades.

Feed your brain: Homework Diner program offers families dinner, academic support

Homework isn’t something students or their parents necessarily look forward to tackling in those precious after-school hours of freedom — especially when there’s also dinner to worry about. But the new Homework Diner initiative spearheaded by the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County offers help with schoolwork while feeding families and the community in […]

Vortex Doughnuts hosts Tour de Spro coffee and cycling crawl, May 6

Vortex Doughnuts will host the third annual Tour de Spro coffee/bicycling crawl starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. The crawl begins at Vortex, 32 Banks Ave., and continues to the other participating businesses, which include Izzy’s West Asheville, Find Your Line Bike Shop, Owl Bakery, Trade and Lore Coffee, PennyCup Coffee, High Five Coffee and Beer City Bicycles. The ride […]

Mills River Farmers' Market

Mills River Farmers’ Market opens for 2017 season, May 6

PRESS RELEASE from Mills River Farmers’ Market: Spring is announcing itself all around us with lovely blossoms, bright green leaves, and the itch to start planting.  That means local farmers tailgate markets are opening for the year. The Mills River Farmers ‘ Market opens for the 2017 season on Saturday May 6th. The market, located […]

Remodeled Arby’s in Canton hosts grand re-opening event, April 20

WHAT: Brumit Restaurant Group (BRG), franchisee of Arby’s, the iconic quick-service sandwich chain, is excited to introduce its new restaurant design at the Grand Re-opening of their restaurant in Canton, North Carolina on Thursday, April 20th.  This restaurant has undergone an extensive reinvigoration process utilizing the Inspire restaurant design, reflecting the new look and direction […]

Alex and Milena

Pancake breakfast to raise money for memorial at Oakley Elementary, April 22

PRESS RELEASE FROM OAKLEY EMEMENTARY PTO: The Asheville community along with the Oakley Elementary PTO would like to honor the lives of Alexander Bautista Gomez and his sister Milena Maria Alejandro Gomez by commissioning and installing a beautiful, handmade bench on the Oakley Elementary playground. Alex and Milena both died in a tragic accident while […]

Canyon Kitchen kicks off 2017 season with new dinner events and staff, April 27

PRESS RELEASE FROM CANYON KITCHEN: CASHIERS, N.C.  (April 18, 2017) – Canyon Kitchen, located in the rustically elegant Jennings Barn at the foot of Cow Rock Mountain in Lonesome Valley, will be opening for the season on Thursday, April 27th.  Executive Chef Adam Hayes and his team of seasoned culinary professionals have been preparing for […]

Kona Ice

Kona Ice to give away free shaved ice for Tax Day, April 18

PRESS RELEASE: With Tax Day right around the corner, many of us are reaching into our pockets to pay-off Uncle Sam. To relieve taxpayers of the stress associated with meeting the federal deadline, Kona Ice will be hosting its fourth annual National “Chill Out” Day. The island-inspired truck will be parked at the Reuter Family YMCA in Asheville […]

James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner comes to Asheville, May 17

PRESS RELEASE from The Market Place Restaurant: ASHEVILLE, NC – March 23, 2017 – Award-winning chef William Dissen will host the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner at The Market Place Restaurant on Wednesday, May 17th. Dissen will team up with 4 other acclaimed national culinary talents for a memorable evening of food and drink. […]

Sanctuary Brewing hosts third annual Vegan Chili Cook-off, March 19

PRESS RELEASE FROM SANCTUARY BREWING: SUBJECT:  3rd Annual Vegan Chili Cook-off at Sanctuary Brewing Company DATE/TIME:  Sunday, March 19th, 2-5 PM LOCATION:  Sanctuary Brewing Company, 147 First Avenue East, Hendersonville, NC 28792 CONTACT:  Tracey Glover  (251) 510-2418 or Lisa McDonald  (828) 808-5916 On Sunday, March 19th, from 2-5 pm, Full Circle Farm Sanctuary and Sanctuary Brewing […]

Grand opening events planned for Mills River Bojangles’ restaurant, Feb. 23-24

PRESS RELEASE from Bojangles’, Inc.: Charlotte, N.C. (February 20, 2017) – Mills River, get ready to celebrate Bo Time! On Friday, February 24, Bojangles’ will host the grand opening of their new restaurant in Mills River, N.C., located on 3575 Boylston Highway. This is the 49th Bojangles’ location owned and operated by BOJ of WNC, […]

Old Forester

MG Road to host Old Forester Distillery whiskey dinner, Feb. 22

PRESS RELEASE from MG Road: MG Road is very pleased to welcome Cameron Brobst of Old Forester Distillery in hosting a whiskey dinner with some of Old Forester’s finest offereings. A four-course dinner with whiskey tastings and pairings will be on offer, with visiting chefs Jacob Ingerson and Buck Fox. $40 per person includes whiskey […]

ON THE ROAD: Chai Pani chefs Daniel Peach and James Grogan traveled to India with owner Meherwan Irani to create the culinary documentary Cutting Chai.

Chai Pani announces online release of culinary movie Cutting Chai

PRESS RELEASE from Chai Pani Restaurant Group: ATLANTA & ASHEVILLE (February 14, 2017) – This morning, two-time James Beard Award nominee chef Meherwan Irani and the Chai Pani Group creative team officially debuted the online release of the first three episodes of their culinary film, “Cutting Chai.” First premiered in March of 2016 at Ponce […]

BOWLED OVER: Cúrate and Nightbell chef and co-owner Katie Button says that being able to customize her dinnerware was a major factor in choosing to work with Alex Matisse and his Marshall-based East Fork Pottery.  "We can talk about the type of food we have and the types of colors and textures and things we're looking for in the restaurant, and he makes it happen," says Button.

Home plates: Asheville restaurant­s set the table with locally crafted ceramics

Restaurateurs have long supported neighborhood artisans by enlisting them to create their signage and décor. But the ceramic vessels that hold Asheville’s locally sourced works of culinary art have largely remained standard-issue, industrially produced dinnerware. While many chefs would undoubtedly prefer to present their fare on unique, handcrafted dishes, there are plenty of reasons — […]

Asheville chef Justin Burdett collaborates on seafood dinner at Piedmont in Durham

PRESS RELEASE from Local Provisions: [Durham, NC] – As a longtime supporter of small, North Carolina growers, Piedmont has remained equally committed to being a good steward of the sea. Each season, Piedmont invites chefs, fisherman, and organizations supporting sustainable seafood to collaborate on their Seasons of the Sea dinner – a multi-course dinner showcasing […]

TOP TEAM: A-B Tech’s Student Culinary Team with their winning plates at the American Culinary Federation’s Southeast Regional Competition. Members of the team are, from left, Emma Wieber, Habiba Smallen, Nina Patterson, Jessica Olin, and Emily Welch.

A-B Tech culinary team wins regionals, heads to nationals

Press release from A-B Tech Community College: A-B Tech Community College’s Student Culinary Team won its 10th regional title after competition January 13-14 at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte. Team members were Emma Wieber, Jessica Olin, Habiba Smallen, Nina Patterson and Emily Welch.  Max Theofrastous serves as team alternate. Chefs Chris Bugher and Bronwen McCormick […]